The eminent Takács Quartet holds an undisputed place at the very peak of the profession. As part of our virtual season, the artists perform from their home ground in Boulder, Colorado. Introduced by Schubert and Bartók, Beethoven's op. 132 quartet engages us with the mystery and magisterial writing of the composer's late works. Program: [1:23] Franz Schubert: Quartettsatz in C minor, D.703 [10:37] Béla...
Fejér, Andrá - O'Neill, Richard - Dusinberre, Edward - Rhodes, Harumi - Takács Quartet
Jennifer Koh & Thomas Sauer
Fearless and virtuosic violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Thomas Sauer come together in a powerful recital. The virtual performance opens with Beethoven's G-major op. 30/3 violin sonata and features two classic works commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress: Julia Wolfe's Mink Stole and George Lewis' The Mangle of Practice. The recital also includes nine micro-commissions for solo violin by composers...
Sauer, Thomas - Koh, Jennifer
Ensemble Dal Niente
Dal Niente performs music by leading Latin American composers, including the world premiere of Igor Santos' confined. speak., commissioned by the McKim Fund at the Library of Congress. Nur Slim's Humming Between Branches, in which the singer's voice dances within widely varying instrumental textures, shimmers, dives, and groans with kaleidoscopic virtuosity. Tania León's classic wind quintet De Memorias takes us back to her native...
Edwards, Caitlin - Ramsey, Tara Lynn - Roidl-Ward, Ben - Schoepflin Jimoh, Katherine - Melsky, Ben - McCall, Colin - Henneman Shaw, Carrie - Horie Phoebus, Juan José - Flens, Kyle - Good, Zachary ...
Edwards, Caitlin - Ramsey, Tara Lynn - Roidl-Ward, Ben - Schoepflin Jimoh, Katherine - Melsky, Ben - McCall, Colin - Henneman Shaw, Carrie - Horie Phoebus, Juan José - Flens, Kyle - Good, Zachary - Oliphant, Matthew - Lewanski, Michael - Xu, Minghuan - Kass, Edward - Langen, Jesse - Brod, Ammie - Choi, Winston - Nogal, Andrew - Hospelhorn, Emma
Tambuco Percussion Ensemble: Body Percussion
Members of the Tambuco Percussion Ensemble discuss and demonstrate body percussion. They perform an excerpt of the piece called "Hematofonia" written by the Mexican composer, Héctor Infanzón.
Tambuco Percussion Ensemble Concert
The Mexico City-based Tambuco Percussion Ensemble presents a concert that shows a strong connection to its roots in a program that features the music of Ibero-American composers who have written works for the ensemble. This three-time Grammy-nominated ensemble offers a program that shows its unique versatility, extraordinary musicianship and the incredible bond developed over 27 years of collaboration. Program: [0:22] Héctor Infanzón: El Devenir...
Conrad Tao and Caleb Teicher Performance
Pianist and composer Conrad Tao joins forces with tap dancer and choreographer Caleb Teicher in a brilliant recital of music and dance, both composed and improvised. Each artist earns raves for electric performances. In this program, their debut as a duo, their collaboration is astonishing, with an intriguing music mix and an impressive range of style and mood. Teicher's comment captures the essence of...
Tao, Conrad - Teicher, Caleb
Have and Hold: Allison Loggins-Hull & Nathalie Joachim
Composer Allison Loggins-Hull has been paired with flutist Nathalie Joachim of Flutronix to write a new work for singing flutist and electronics, entitled "Have and Hold." From the Composer: "Have and Hold" reflects the desire to be near others during an extended period of social distancing and isolation. Personally, I have realized that being around people and experiencing life with them not only brings...
A Shared Solitary: Niloufar Nourbakhsh & Jannina Norpoth
Composer Niloufar Nourbakhsh has been paired with violinist Jannina Norpoth of the PUBLIQuartet to write a new work for violin and electronics, entitled "A Shared Solitary." From the Composer: Over the course of the piece, a delay line becomes less and less distant as the texture becomes fuller, culminating into a collective sound. "A Shared Solitary" attempts to resurface the fact that we are...
Lobelia: Ashkan Behzadi & Mariel Roberts
Composer Ashkan Behzadi has been paired with cellist Mariel Roberts of the Wet Ink Ensemble to write a new work for solo cello, entitled "Lobelia." From the Composer: In "Lobelia," we are observing the fragile and solitude expressivity of the performer "singing to herself," in searching for a forgotten melody of a past collective memory. -- Ashkan Behzadi
Behzadi, Ashkan - Roberts, Mariel
Olcott Park: Aaron Travers & Daniel Pesca
Composer Aaron Travers has been paired with pianist Daniel Pesca of the Grossman Ensemble to write a new work for solo piano, entitled "Olcott Park." From the Composer: Olcott Park is a place in Bloomington, Indiana, not far from where I live. I used to enjoy going there with my children, who would play soccer or run around on the many paths. I would...
Pesca, Daniel - Travers, Aaron
1462 Willard Street: Luciano Chessa & Charlton Lee
Composer Luciano Chessa has been paired with violist Charlton Lee of the Del Sol Quartet to write a new work for solo viola, entitled "1462 Willard Street." From the Composer: Written for Charlton Lee, a fearless performer I much admire, "1462 Willard Street" is a piece for unaccompanied viola. 1462 Willard Street is the address of a hilltop San Francisco house I was visiting...
Chessa, Luciano - Lee, Charlton
Hello World: Erin Rogers & Erin Lesser
Composer Erin Rogers was paired with flutist Erin Lesser of the Wet Ink Ensemble to write a new work for solo flute entitled "Hello World," which premiered on June 19, 2020. From the Composer: Orbiting a sonic portal to the outer world, a flutist self-arranges within a mirrored video frame. The face-to-face encounter sets the scene for introduction, reintroduction, and exploration. -- Erin Rogers
Lesser, Erin - Rogers, Erin
Bridges: Cliff Eidelman & Jenny Lin
Composer Cliff Eidelman was paired with pianist Jenny Lin to write a new work for solo piano entitled "Bridges," which premiered on June 18, 2020. From the Composer: In the spirit of "The Boccaccio Project," I reflected on the times we are all collectively living through and with this music, I found myself yearning toward a day when the world could all cross the...
Eidelman, Cliff - Lin, Jenny
Intuit (a way to stay in this world): Miya Masaoka & Kathryn Bates
Composer Miya Masaoka was paired with cellist Kathryn Bates of the Del Sol String Quartet to write a new work for solo cello entitled "Intuit (a way to stay in this world)." From the Composer This piece begins to push at the liminality of microtonal ways of playing within underlying tonal centers. How to balance dynamic range and tone color/timbre within a contemporary practice?...
Masaoka, Miya - Bates, Kathryn
shadow of a difference / falling: Richard Drehoff Jr. & Andrew Nogal
Composer Richard Drehoff Jr. was paired with oboist Andrew Nogal of the Grossman Ensemble to write a new work for solo oboe entitled "shadow of a difference / falling." From the Composer: "shadow of a difference / falling" is a series of moments based around the idea of the proverbial bird beating its wings against its newfound cage in trepidation. Each impulse provides insight...
Nogal, Andrew - Drehoff Jr., Richard
Sequestered Thoughts: Damien Sneed & Jeremy Jordan
Composer Damien Sneed has been paired with pianist Jeremy Jordan to write a new work for solo piano, entitled "Sequestered Thoughts." The piece was inspired by spending many days alone in solitude during the COVID-19 pandemic of Spring 2020. It opens with a virtuosic fluttering in the right hand juxtaposed against a strong and determined left-hand motif speaking to the many meandering thoughts that...
Sneed, Damien - Jordan, Jeremy
Miranda Cuckson & Friends
Violinist Miranda Cuckson led a special program honoring violinist Leonora Jackson McKim, whose Stradivari violin was loaned to the Library for this occasion. Excerpted from the program is a performance of the finale of Beethoven's op. 3 string trio, the manuscript of which is held at the Library. Program: Beethoven - String Trio in E-flat major, op. 3: Finale (9:10)
Shao, Sophie - Cuckson, Miranda - Panner, Daniel
Perfection: The Laurent Crystal Flute, 1807-1848
The magic of the Laurent crystal flute is explored through historical performance and discussion. The Laurent flute, 1807 to 1848, was the indulgence of American and European aristocracy and was called "Perfection in Flute Making." Grammy-winning flutist Richard Graef brings the glass flute to life. Murray Loew (professor of biomedical engineering at George Washington University), Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford (curator of the flute collection at...
Loew, Murray - Graef, Richard - Brostroff, Lynn - Graef, Julian - Graef, Anita - Ward-Bamford, Carol
Phaeton Piano Trio
The Phaeton Trio appeared for the first time in the U.S. at the Library of Congress. Recently formed by a group of stellar musicians centered in Weimar and Leipzig Friedemann Eichhorn, violin, Peter Horr, cello and Florian Uhlig, piano. The trio revealed the premiere of a new completion of a Beethoven piano trio fragment by Victor Kissine, of which we offer a portion here....
Asko | Schönberg
Asko | Schönberg, one of the finest new music ensembles in Europe, present selections from Mauricio Kagel's multi-directional work for chamber orchestra, Die Stucke der Windrose. Their specific selections include Sudwesten, Norden, Osten, and Westen. Program: Mauricio Kagel Die Stucke der Windrose, selections I. Sudwesten (1:16-19:19) II. Norden (20:26-48:46) III. Osten (48:03-54:24) IV. Westen (55:20-1:15:24)
Asko | Schönberg
Scotland's Dunedin Consort, led by harpsichordist and organist John Butt, a pre-eminent Bach scholar, performs selected cantatas and concerti of Johann Sebastian Bach. Program: Orchestral Suite in B Minor, BWV 1067 [05:40]; "Widerstehe doch der Sünde," BWV 54 (Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano) [27:45]; Brandenburg Concerto no. 4 in G major BWV 1049 [42:05]; "Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust," BWV 170 (Meg Bragle, mezzo soprano) [1:04:30]; Brandenburg...